For now, it seems that LeBron James' future in Cleveland doesn't hinge on Tristan Thompson signing a new deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In an article by Joe Vardon of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, Thompson's contract is a 'non-discussion' for a moment in relation to James' future with the Cavs. In addition, a team source told Vardon that "LeBron's goals don't change relative to Tristan Thompson or anyone. Be as good as we can be for as long as we can be".
To date, LeBron has not put any pressure on the Cavs to sign Thompson to a new deal. Earlier in the offseason, LeBron said that Thompson should be a 'Cavalier for his whole career' and that re-signing Thompson should be the Cavs' No. 1 priority.
"Our number one objective right now is to sign Tristan. He's a huge part of our team. Short-term and long-term he makes our team more dangerous. Things need to be worked out from his side and the Cavs, but we need him back," LeBron said. "I think our front office has done a great job this summer. The next step is to get Tristan done."
The Cavs and Thompson are reportedly $14 million apart on a new deal, as Thompson wants a max deal worth $94 million over five years and the Cavs are currently offering $80 million over five years. The Cavs and Thompson have until Oct. 1 to agree to a new deal. Oct. 1 is also the deadline for Thompson to sign his qualifying offer worth $6.9 million. If Thompson signs the qualifying offer, he'll become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Rich Paul, who is both Thompson and LeBron's agent, has said that if Thompson signs the qualifying offer, the 2015-16 season will be his last in Cleveland.
With the deadline looming and Cavs media day less than a week away, stay tuned. One way or another, a resolution is looming.